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Blurring the Lines: 6 Designer Collections That Prove Fashion Knows No Gender

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One brand has even dedicated a whole category for it on its website, while another unveils new collections every season.

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In recent years, genderless fashion has been increasingly popular, as brands do their best to keep up with rising demands from consumers for such apparel. And it’s not just limited to Pride month collections anymore, or celebrities like Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Lil Nas X.

In the last two years, luxury fashion brands have been especially active in creating clothes and accessories that break gender convention. Here are collections that do just that. 

Gucci

The Italian luxury fashion house has introduced a whole “curated selection across categories and collections designed by Alessandro Michele that defy traditional stereotypes” and “celebrate liberty and self-expression.”

Called MX, the selection—divided into categories including ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags and luggage, as well as accessories—is the result of a five-year effort to celebrate “gender fluidity” and to champion “freedom to express who you are.”

Gucci MX also only features gender-neutral models in styling their pieces.

Tommy Hilfiger

In collaboration with non-binary actor and activist Indya More, Tommy Hilfiger has launched a summer/pre-fall collection that celebrates uniqueness, beauty, and diversity.

“Style knows no boundaries—and neither should we,” the brand writes in an Instagram post. “That’s why we’ve co-created a capsule of universal pieces designed without gender in mind.”

The Tommy x Indya line, a nod to the 90s, features size-inclusive and non-gendered designs and silhouettes, including signature Tommy Hilfiger pieces like the iconic pin-striped blazer, Polo shirt, and the Oxford button down shirt.

Louis Vuitton

Blurring the lines to create “a new zone between femininity and masculinity,” Louis Vuitton’s ready-to-wear spring/summer collection includes multiple pieces in 80s-inspired, gender-neutral silhouettes.

Though it has been labeled a women’s collection, the business and streetwear staples that have been shown can easily worn by men or non-binary individuals.

Marc Jacobs

In honor of iconic queer figures like Gregg Araki, Marc Jacobs has created Heaven, a polysexual collection featuring eccentric streetwear clothes and accessories.

The brand’s website describes it as “sprawling and enigmatic omniverse of Marc Jacobs subversion,” catering to a new generation with connected subcultures. It’s a ready-to-wear collection with new releases every season and can easily be purchased via its own online store.

Versace

Before the world went into lockdown, Versace has already presented its take on genderless fashion through its autumn/winter collection at the Milan Fashion Week in early 2020. It marks the first time the brand has blurred the lines with their womenswear and menswear.

“For me, with this show, I want to highlight that, today, there is a generation that doesn’t care about gender,” says Donatella Versace during the show, as reported by Vogue UK. True enough, male and female models present at the runway were seen in outfits with cinched waists, touches of sportswear, stompy boots, clashing prints, patchwork, leather, and chainmail minidresses.

Stella McCartney

Apart from sustainability, Stella McCartney also champions inclusivity. The brand has done it through a collection called Stella Shared.

“[It] is a youthful exploration of shared objects between people who have the same sense of style and Stella’s activist values,” the brand writes in an Instagram post. “[It] simultaneously voices individuality and this generation’s collectivist spirit.”

The capsule collection features playful suits and trenches, puffer jackets, sweatshirts and jersey shirts.

Banner Photo from @TommyHilfiger on IG

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